The education sector in New Zealand

There are six education agencies directly involved in the management of New Zealand education sector. They are:

These agencies work towards the Government's educational priorities, individually and collectively.

Cross-agency programmes

NZQA works closely with other education sector agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development on various initiatives. These include:

  • the Education Sector Chief Executives' Group, which provides strategic direction across the education agencies.
  • developing funding incentives with the Tertiary Education Commission to support higher-performing tertiary education organisations.
  • joint work programmes with the Ministry of Education on course endorsement and the standards review.
  • collaborative projects and information sharing with Immigration New Zealand to assess of overseas qualifications.
  • supporting the delivery of the Ministry of Education's Ka Hikitia Māori Education Strategy 2007-2012 through the implementation of Te Rautaki Māori (our Māori Strategy 2007-2012).
  • supporting the delivery of the Ministry of Education's Pasifika Education Plan 2008-2012 through the implementation of our Pasifika Strategy 2009-2012.
  • working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to progress free trade agreement negotiations.
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